Thursday, April 03, 2008
Nettle Soap with Avocado Butter
If you have sensitive skin or know someone who does, I have a great recipe for a soothing nettle soap. This soap has a gentle, creamy lather and is incredibly mild. You can leave it unscented for the most delicate skin.
To get the benefits of nettle, I make a strong tea with dried nettle leaf. Once the tea has cooled, I strain off the leaves and then chill the liquid*. I then use this liquid in place of water when I mix up my lye solution. The solution gives off a strong-but-not-unpleasant dried hay smell, but it fades quickly.
The soap recipe is simple and conditioning:
65% Avocado Oil
20% Avocado Butter
15% Coconut Oil
I superfat this soap at 8%.
If you don't care for nettle, you can easily substitute chamomile, green tea, or lavender when you brew your tea. Marshmallow leaf works well, too.
*never add caustic soda to warm or hot liquid! Make sure your tea is well-cooled before adding the lye.
Posted by gracefruit at 6:50 PM